Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Daily Teaser — 25-11-2015

You know, I keep telling my Mum to get a Mac.

Mostly on the basis I think it’s a better user experience.

But ALSO because I’ve noticed that OS X — the operating system on a Mac — is a touch more secure.

Yesterday … ?   It turns out there’s a security issue with PCs made by Dell.

Which, curiously, is the brand of laptop my Mum owns.   Grant it’s an older one, that’s POSSIBLY not affected by the issue — the BBC report doesn’t say which version of Windows the problem affects — but it’s probably worth checking out*.

Just to be on the safe side.


But let’s get moving on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi† and Olga‡ putting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) Suriname gained its independence from the Netherlands: on the 25th November, 1975.   Suriname is on which continent?
Q2) 25th November, 1965, saw the birth of actor, Dougray Scott.   He played Dr Bill Masen, in the 2009 BBC adaptation of which John Wyndham novel?
Q3) 25th November is the feast day of Saint Catherine of Alexandria.   As well as having a firework named after her, she’s the patron saint of whom: potters, cheese-wrights or dairy farmers?
Q4) 25th November, 1974, saw the death of Burmese politician, U Thant.   He’d ALSO served in which role, at the United Nations?
Q5) Finally … 25th November, 1981, saw Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger named as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.   The Congregation had — historically — also been known as what: the Exquisition, the Inquisition or the Vatican Bank?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 24th November, 2013, saw Iran agree to limit what: its army, its nuclear program or its TV service?
A1) Its Nuclear program.
Q2) Freddie Mercury died: on the 24th November, 1991.   With whom did he perform the song, Barcelona?
Q3) Charles Darwin’s On The Origin Of Species was published on 24th November.   Of which year of the 1850s?
A3) 1859.
Q4) 24th November, 1877, saw Anna Sewell’s most famous novel, published.   What’s the name of the book?
Q5) Finally … the Queen’s Speech of 24th November, 1998, saw 700 hereditary peers lose their right to sit in the House of Lords.   Lady Haden-Guest of Essex was attending this Queen’s Speech.   How is she better known?
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.”
Andrew Carnegie, November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919.
And this piece … 

Have a good day.

*        Actually … ?   I’ve JUST had a brief look at the instructions Dell has issued: to tell people how to remove the security certificate causing the problems.   You can find it, here.   The thing mentions Windows 7 PCs.   And I WAS going to hem my work trousers, today … 

†        I TEND to rely on them, Debbi^: especially when someone on Facebook posts up something that’s a blatant piece of idiocy.   (Like yesterday: Hoax Slayer sends me a daily email about scams and hoaxes doing the rounds.   Yesterday, they sent one about posts that specifically ask people to comment with the word, ‘Amen.’   Three hours later … a co-worker had … !)

‡        Oh, you’re from Barcelona, Olga^?   Beautiful city, I’ve heard: and possibly an excuse for a tune … !   Either way, I had a read of the Wikipedia entry for Heartland.   I can see why you thought of it: it DOES sound a lot like the TV version of Black Beauty.   (Nine series isn’t long: I’m a Dr Who fan, Olga, and that’s got … um … history … )

^        I’ve GOT to admit, I couldn’t recall ever hearing about Christopher Guest: but can vaguely recall  hearing about Jamie Lee Curtis being at that State opening.   Then I looked him up.   Blimey … he’s the bloke that came up with the “This goes up to eleven” line … 


Debbi said...

Was it Mark Twain who said a falsehood goes halfway round the world before the truth can pull its boots on? Or something like that. :)

1. South America
2. The Day of the Triffids
3. potters
4. Secretary-General
5. the Inquisition

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) South America
Q2) The Day of the Triffids
Q3) I couldn’t find any of those. Philosophers, scholars, lawyers, single women… According to one of the articles of 40 things, but no list…I give up.
Q4) Secretary General
Q5) Inquisition

I started watching 'Heartland' just seeing it recommended. Now I'm watching series 5 and of course, it's still being made. Yes, I agree, is fairly new, but it seems to have some staying power (I didn't realise it was still being made at first...)